February 12, 2009


Tips for preventing split ends

If you’re growing your hair long, the last thing you want is split ends, as they will eventually break off and can damage the rest of the hair shaft. Follow these tips to keep your hair in good condition and keep split ends to a minimum.

1) Tie your hair back if you’re boating, riding a motorbike, driving a convertible and so on. This will minimize tangles – the major cause of split ends.

2) Take extra care when detangling your hair. Use a wide-toothed comb and gently detangle from the ends, up to the roots. Never yank a brush through the length of your hair, as this will damage it. Don’t rush either – take your time and be as gentle as you can.

3) Use a weekly deep conditioner. This will keep your hair in optimum condition and will reduce the number of split ends you get.

4) Go on a search and destroy mission. Give your ends a close inspection, and cut off any splits or bends. Doing this will mean fewer trims, which is what you want if you’re growing it.

5) Get a cut every six months. Some women can go longer between trims – it all depends on hair type – but most will need to see the hairdresser twice a year. This allows your hair to grow, while keeping the ends neat. Trimming more often isn’t necessary, especially if you’re doing the occasional search and destroy.

6) Use salon-quality shampoo and conditioner. Generally, when it comes to hair products, you get what you pay for. Investing in quality products will keep you away from the hairdresser for longer.


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